I realize that I’ve been posting some fairly obscure 90’s tunes this last week, but this is a genuine hidden gem. NY Loose were a female-led punk band that were set to break though with their 1996 album ‘Year of the Rat’, but despite some excellent tunes, it didn’t catch on. (Lest we forget, ‘96 was the year that the Spice Girls came to prominence, just to put things in context.) So, here’s one of their songs from that album, rescued from the dustbin of history: two-anna-half minutes of bracing guitar-driven clatter. NY Loose may not even have their own Wikipedia entry, but they deserve some small amount of recognition, right?
On the occasion of lots of people talking about Best Coast today, here’s Holly Golightly’s “Virtually Happy.” The details of how we get from one thing to the other are a little vague and blurry and personal — this is not a “they sound similar” post — but the main thread is probably obvious.
Ms. Golightly is a vintage hound — rockabilly, Merseybeat, old country and blues and rock’n’roll: you get the sense she’d have liked to be Wanda Jackson. And so, in contrast to the committed pining of Best Coast, her albums wind up in that dusty format where love songs will run from “I miss you terribly” to “I’m happier when you’re elsewhere,” from “I’ll be good to you” to “you should stay the hell away from me, because I’m evil and cannot be trusted.” Or often some of each. One of her best vocals, on “Your Love Is Mine,” does that — she sings about your heart being hers in a way that sounds like she means hers for dinner.
Her discography runs back over a decade, and it’s big and haphazard, filled with tossed-together collaborations and crusty one-off recordings. But there’s a handful of gems, a lot of them collected on Singles Roundup, that might be worth grabbing: this one, “Your Love Is Mine,” “I Can’t Be Trusted,” and more. A YouTubetrawlofferssomemore.
Massive classic! I saw them play this at Lollapalooza in 1997 and it might be my favorite concert experience. They closed down the show, to the maybe 200 remaining people who stuck around after Tool played their set. The venue allowed everyone to run down to the front where the giant bass bins were and Orbital had laser glasses on and shot everyone’s faces.
New Orleans-style jazz saw its first great expansion when many of the city’s best musicians moved to Chicago, Illinois, in the late 1910s and early ’20s. King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and many others made Chicago the center of “hot jazz.” Clarinetist Jimmie Noone started in New Orleans before taking over as the leader of the band at the Apex Club in Chicago in 1926. Jimmie Noone wrote “Apex Blues” in 1929 to celebrate his tenure there.
In the early ’40s, after a decade of big band swing dominance, hot jazz made a notable if somewhat minor comeback. Underrated pianist Art Hodes made numerous recordings in the 1940s as leader of his own band in Chicago and with other hot jazz greats like Sidney Bechet. Posted above is Art Hodes’ 1944 recording of Jimmie Noone’s “Apex Blues.” As a (former) clarinetist myself, I appreciate early jazz for its many great clarinet players. You hear Mezz Mezzrow on the licorice stick here.
From 2008’s The Bees Made Honey, one of my favorite records ever.
“I’ve always noticed that it’s hard to get your playing down towards where your heartbeat is… It’s all about keeping your heartbeat down, for me.” Drummer Adrienne Davies
“The Bees Made Honey is the most orchestrated, complete Earth record since Carlson’s return to the music scene, and the best of the “new” Earth. It is also far and away the most beautiful, awe-inspiring, and uplifting record Earth has ever recorded (ya heard me). It seems Carlson has made his own honey in the skulls of his past and is now stoically looking into that great sunset, optimistically awaiting a peaceful, bountiful future.” tinymixtapes
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Nonsensical comparison alert: pretty sure Stephin Merritt is the only person to’ve made more great pop songs than Michael Jackson. Also, while most of those came in the 90s, and i’m not a huge fan of the no-synth trilogy in general, there’re still a lot of gems this decade gone by. This is one of them.
Also, FAO: Office fans. I came across this. The internet, eh?
I’m not sure, but I think it may be a crime that Bradford Cox is this f’ing talented. Everything that guy touches is gold. Pure gold.
When I saw them at ATP New York last year he was saying on stage that Deerhunter was donezo and that was their last show ‘for a long time’. And then, here we are. New material. I love it. Keep us guessing, bro!
The album opener from Four Tet’s latest album, There Is Love in You, released in January of this year. It’s simple yet haunting. The female vocals have a particular obsessive quality that renders me unable to stop listening to the song.